NCRTD Sees 5.8 Percent Ridership Hike in 2013


The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has seen a 5.8 percent increase in annual bus transit ridership in 2013 over 2012. A record total of 201,368 riders used the service in 2013 over a total of 190,186 passengers in 2012. 

Among the factors contributing to the increase are greater awareness and acceptance of public transit overall in the predominantly rural region where public transit options are a relatively recent phenomenon. While no new routes were introduced, seven routes were modified to operate more efficiently and increase ridership, and increased community outreach has raised public awareness of the benefits and savings of public transportation.

The NCRTD is headquartered in Española and provides service to an area that encompasses the counties of Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos and Rio Arriba, as well as the cities of Española, Santa Fe, the Town of Edgewood, and the Pueblos of Pojoaque, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara and Tesuque. The District connects the region to Albuquerque through services provided by the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released its annual Ridership report for 2013 and the NCRTD was among the systems singled out for record ridership. See the APTA release here:

About the NCRTD

The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service Monday through Friday throughout north central New Mexico including the counties of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos; the Cities of Santa Fe and Española and the Town of Edgewood; as well as the Pueblos of Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara and Tesuque. The company’s signature “RTD Blue Buses” provide additional transit connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit.